The fight over Planned Parenthood reached a boiling point Tuesday on Capitol Hill when Cecile Richards, president of the organization, testified before Congress about how the group uses taxpayer dollars.
Richards fiercely defended Planned Parenthood from allegations made by House Republicans, which she called “outrageous, “offensive,” and “categorically untrue.”
“The latest smear campaign is based on efforts by our opponents to entrap our doctors and clinicians into breaking the law—and once again our opponents failed,” Richards said in testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
The hearing was called by Chairman Jason Chaffetz in light of what he called “disturbing” videos that emerged this summer detailing tissue procurement from aborted babies. Yet, during the hearing, committee members spent little time addressing the videos from the pro-life Center for Medical Progress.
Instead, Republican lawmakers focused their questioning on Planned Parenthood’s finances and how the organization spends its $528 million in annual taxpayer funding.
“Does Planned Parenthood really need federal subsidies? Does it need federal dollars?” asked Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah. “As far as I can tell, this is an organization that doesn’t need federal subsidies.”
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